Legal RCIS+Children's Program Internship

Austin, Texas, United States Part-time

RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Spring Semester internship (with a possibility of extension): January-May; your start and end dates will be discussed with your interviewer and/or supervisor.

Location: Fountain Park Location 2800 S I-H 35, Suite 215

Schedule: Flexible, 15 - 20 hours a week

Concentration: Legal, Immigration  

Interviews will be in-person if you are a local applicant; interviews can be conducted via phone or Google Hangouts if you are not a local applicant.

THIS IS AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP.

 

Founded in 1987, RAICES is the largest non-profit immigration organization in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio with additional staff in Houston, Washington, D.C., and many other locations around Texas. Since 1986, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) has assisted vulnerable members of the immigrant community - including asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigrant detainees, and survivors of torture ­ to navigate the United States immigration court system by helping them to better understand their rights and responsibilities in that process.  With the mission to promote justice by providing free and low cost immigration legal services to underserved children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas, RAICES has grown from a San Antonio based organization to one that serves clients all over Texas. RAICES current, major ongoing activities include: the legal representation of unaccompanied children, families and adults seeking assistance with their immigration case; emergency shelter and referral services for such individuals who have been released from detention; and working with local communities to increase their capacity to be welcoming and to prepare for any executive actions or immigration reforms.

 

During this past year, state and federal administrations have implemented immigration policies that target different populations of immigrants. These executive actions and anti-immigrant legislations are typically misconstrued by media, often spreading fear and hopelessness, leaving people misinformed and often times, terrified. In this fast-paced, current political atmosphere of constant changes in immigration law, we believe it is crucial to prioritize that affected communities are informed about the latest immigration happenings, know of our services, and be empowered to fight back, organize and defend themselves while being well informed of the current political situation and their rights.



OVERVIEW:

The Community Immigration Services Program at RAICES (RCIS), is the founding component of the organization. We are entrusted to serve the legal and educational needs of the immigrant communities we serve. Our program was founded in San Antonio to serve the needs of displaced individuals escaping the horrors of civil wars raging throughout Central American countries in the 1980s. Today, with offices serving the immigrant needs in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding counties, we continue to be true to our founding principle. We assist individuals resettling in the United States as refugees, individuals seeking protection in the United States because of horrendous and life threatening conditions in their home countries, victims of crime, individuals seeking family reunification, United States citizenship, children who came to the United States at a young age who need permission to work, among others. We continuously engage the community in providing resources and information to keep them up to date with ongoing changes and understand their legal rights, empowering them to protect themselves, family and community members.

The purpose of RCIS is to provide accessible and timely legal services designed to fit the the specific needs of communities, through direct consultation with attorneys at our office without previous appointment, through legal clinics specializing in different issues or through information workshops.

RAICES Children’s Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children who are both detained and released from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The Children’s Program seeks to find volunteers and interns to assist attorneys, legal assistants and social workers in providing  both legal and social support services to unaccompanied children in the San Antonio area. The position involves contact with children from all ages, some of which have suffered extensive trauma or other forms of abuse, and who require support services in conjunction with legal representation.

Through this practicum you will support RAICES’ staff to serve a greater number of clients by assisting in various aspects of the legal process.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Complete intake surveys with clients;
  • Speak with clients and assisting attorneys in interviews;
  • Assist attorneys with paperwork;
  • Assist with legal clinics;
  • Conduct legal research;  
  • Conduct data processing, cleaning, and entry;
  • Assist attorneys with various legal processes;
  • Assist attorneys and paralegals with completing intakes and follow up appointments with clients;
  • Draft legal documents;
  • Assist with translations;
  • Assist in organizing files;
  • Other project related tasks.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Spanish language fluency required (must be comfortable conversing in Spanish);
  • Attention to detail;
  • Strong preference for experience working in law;
  • Interest in serving the community, law practice, and in human rights;
  • Background working with diverse populations preferred;
  • Background working with children and trauma survivors preferred;
  • Background in Political Science, International Studies, Public Policy, Pre-law, Humanities, Education, Spanish, etc. preferred;
  • Adaptable to a fast paced environment;
  • Flexible schedule to be present at events outside of traditional work hours;
  • Able to handle sensitive and extremely confidential information professionally and empathetically;
  • Quick learner with strong critical thinking skills.

 

Additional Comments:

By interning with RCIS and the Children’s Program you will gain broad knowledge of the different components encompassing immigration law, be at the forefront of the fight for a fair immigration system, gain experience with a broad spectrum of cases related to immigration, from claims of asylum and domestic violence to petitioning for naturalization and residency, community organizing skills and the ability to practice law in a way that contributes to society by advocating for social justice.

 

RAICES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Apply for this opening at http://RAICES.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0j6cw?apply=true